With a passion not only for music, film, tv, gardening, entertaining, but also for being of service to others, Ms. Solér is taking her 30+ years in the entertainment industry to a new chapter.
Since December 2006, Dawn Solér acted as Senior Vice President of TV Music at ABC Signature, a branch of The Walt Disney Company. Before making her leap from features to television, Solér worked as a Music Supervisor on over 150 films including The Princess Diaries, Sweet Home Alabama, and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She also completed Disney’s Enchanted, which garnered three Academy® Award nominations as well as one Grammy® Award nomination.
Solér was responsible for all music at ABC Signature. This includes overseeing the music content for shows like A Small Light, Tiny Beautiful Things, Fleishman Is In Trouble, Muppets Mayhem, Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy, This Fool, A Million Little Things, and shows in the “-ish” family series: black-ish, grown-ish, and mixed-ish, among many more. Her helming of the music for Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere garnered two Emmy® Award nominations: Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Additionally, Solér worked closely with Forrest Whitaker and Chris Brancato on the musical drama Godfather of Harlem for EPIX.
Throughout her tenure, Solér created and produced 64 digital specials, in addition to producing the premiere series On the Record for the Aurora digital platform and the three on-air music specials, Nashville: On the Record. She is the founder of the ABC Music Lounge, an online marketing component located on ABC.com featuring videos and music from the ABC lineup. Solér is the co-creator and internal executive producer of the live musical events The Little Mermaid Live, honoring the 30th anniversary of the classic film, and Beauty and The Beast: A 30th Celebration, producing the songs with H.E.R and also acting as music supervisor.
Solér has also guided the careers of many artists who have transitioned into film and TV music, ensuring they have the tools for success.
Solér began her career at Inaudible Productions, working with notable industry veteran Peter Afterman. After starting her own company, Working Music, she went on to create several hit soundtracks for New Line Cinema, including Now and Then, Dumb and Dumber and Don Juan DeMarco, which garnered both Academy Award® and Grammy® Award nominations.
In 1995, she joined PolyGram Film Entertainment, where she created and headed up a music division for the growing film conglomerate. One of her first missions was to help Tim Robbins put together a stellar group of artists (including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Johnny Cash) to write and record songs for Dead Man Walking. This gold soundtrack was followed by her music supervision of Home for the Holidays and What Dreams May Come. As the executive in charge of music, she also guided the musical direction for The Game, Gridlock’d, Sleepers, French Kiss, Elizabeth, Being John Malkovitz, The Big Lebowski and Notting Hill, among others.
Solér is on the Girl Scouts of America Executive Board of the Los Angeles Chapter, and acted as an executive sponsor for Disney’s Women’s Multicultural Network since 2015. She has participated in several internal and external mentorship programs throughout her career, one of them being the non-profit organization, She Is The Music. Solér is also developing her own mentorship project entitled “Lift Up,” which will create a pipeline for diverse high school and college students to enter into the music industry. And as a proponent for female empowerment, she does speaking engagements based on her upcoming book. “The Be A Girl Principles,” slated for release in the near future and has a social media following as The 40 Plus Girl.
Solér’s personal life is filled with a husband of 27 years, an 18 year old daughter, two dogs, 2 cats, 28 chickens, a bird and a mini ranch she calls The SilverSun Ranch.